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Farrah J. Mateen, MD, PhD


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Clinical Interests
  • multiple sclerosis
  • neuromyelitis optica
  • health care in humanitarian emergencies
Medical Education
  • PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MD, University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic
  • Fellowship, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Farrah J. Mateen, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.  She is originally from Saskatchewan, Canada where she performed her undergraduate studies and received her medical degree (2005).  She pursued adult neurology training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2009) and a Fellowship in Medical Ethics at Harvard University (2008).  Dr. Mateen's clinical and research fellowship training was at the Johns Hopkins Hospital (2012), supported by the American Brain Foundation.  

Dr. Mateen completed her doctoral studies in International Health at the Johns Hopkins University under the mentorship of Professor Robert Black (2014).  Her doctoral work focused on emerging, non-hereditary risk factors for neurological disease in Bangladeshi and American Indian populations.

She currently performs clinical and population-based research on neuro-immunological and neurological infectious diseases, including multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS.  She is principal investigator of the Bhutan Epilepsy Project, a multi-country prospective study of a smartphone-based electroencephalogram (EEG).  She also leads a prospective study of neurocognitive assessment in African schoolchildren, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Mateen chairs the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Global Health Section and the American Neurological Association International Outreach Committee.  She is past chair of the AAN Ethics Section. She has worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Health Organization, Polio Eradication Initiative in Switzerland and India, and others.  Dr. Mateen has traveled to >30 countries to advance neurological disease research and clinical care.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

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My longterm research goal is to advance neurological care in resource-limited populations through evidence-based methods, informed by detailed clinical research on large populations.  Through my work, I aim to help people with neurological diseases achieve a "technological leap" and implement new, low-cost interventions.  I perform research with collaborators in several countries in Asia, Africa, and South America on interventions for neurological disorders.  This work concentrates on the emerging burden of non-communicable neurological disorders in vulnerable populations, including multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, stroke, epilepsy, and cognitive disorders.

I am grateful for the support of Grand Challenges Canada, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Brain Foundation, Canadian Institute of Health Research, Thrasher Research Foundation, Harvard University Center for AIDS Research, and others.   

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Dr. Mateen has published >100 articles, including research maunscripts, reviews, and editorials.

Mateen FJ
, Muralidharan R, Carone M, van de Beek D, Harrison DM, Aksamit AJ, Gould MS, Clifford DB, Nath A. Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in transplant recipients. Ann Neurol 2011;70:305-22.

Mateen FJ, Zubkov AY, Muralidharan R, Fugate JE, Rodriguez FJ, Winters JL, Petty GW. Susac syndrome: clinical characteristics and treatment in 29 new cases. Eur J Neurol 2012;19:800-11.

Mateen FJ, Brook RD.  Air pollution as an emerging global risk factor for stroke.  JAMA 2011;305:1240-1.

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Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-724-8653
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15 Parkman Street
Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone 1: 617-726-2383

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